The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is "Memorabilia"?

2. Why do variations exist between the translations of the Socratic dialogues?

3. How many people were jurors at Socrates' trial?

4. People who knew Socrates referred to what quality that he possessed?

5. How many charges were being leveled against Socrates?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the introductory chapter, why have the notes been included with the text of the Socratic dialogues?

2. What charges are being brought against Socrates, and by whom?

3. How educated was Socrates, and why?

4. Why is the issue of ethics so confused in the case of Euthyphro and Socrates?

5. Who wrote the introduction to the Euthyphro?

6. Why is Euthyphro at the courthouse when Socrates is there?

7. What is Socrates' objection to Euthyphro's decision, and how does Euthyphro respond to that objection?

8. What is "epistemology"?

9. What does Socrates say about his own wisdom?

10. What does Tarrant warn readers about, regarding Socrates, and the various literary characters based on him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The concept of the soul is a subject of much debate in "The Last Days of Socrates." Compare and contrast the various theories of the soul. What is it? What does it do? Is it eternal, or does it slip into oblivion after death? What is the evidence presented for each theory? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Who is Meletus? Why did he choose to prosecute Socrates? What evidence did his use as a basis for his prosecution? Why did he seek the death penalty for Socrates? Was he acting on behalf of the Athenian government? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

When accused of blasphemy, Socrates insists that he was questioning the interpretation of the answer given to Chearephon by the Oracle of Delphi. What question did Chearephon ask? What answer was given to him by the Oracle? Why did Socrates find this response so difficult to believe? Do you think he was being truthful with his story about thinking the interpretation was incorrect? Why or why not? If not, what was his real reason for questioning the gods? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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